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Shyamalan Talks LAST AIRBENDER

Director gives his reason for doing it.

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 10, 2008
Source: CS


Scene from Episode 2 of THE LAST AIRBENDER
© Nick.com
With direct M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming supernatural thriller The Happening hitting theaters this Friday, the media has a chance to approach him a couple of subjects in his field of vision. One such project is the upcoming adaptation of The Last Airbender, which he's expected to direct. CS had a chance to talk at the "Happening" press junket and ask his thoughts on the property and why he was interested in adapting it.

"It was just the story. I just loved the story," he told us. "I loved the characters in the story and I felt like I could be me inside this larger canvas of this very long-form movie. I think it inherently had kind of family issues and serious larger topics--at the center, genocide--all kinds of stuff. Cultural differences at the center. It has Buddhism, Hinduism, things I'm interested in. It does have martial arts in a way that's not bang bang bang, but more about the person mastering yourself and the things that I love. I took martial arts for a long time. A ten-year-old at the center. That point of view felt good, like I could do my thing."

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Deadfox 6/10/2008 2:59:29 AM
He gets a hard time from many, but I like his work. He reworks genres. I think it might take a few more years until ALL his films get the respect they deserve. They're so densely packed- there's a lot going on apart from the plot.
Dazzler 6/10/2008 4:22:02 AM
I hope he does a good job with this. I would rather see this one than Cameron's Avatar. I wonder when the new season begins? They are as bad as Lost for that.
almostunbiased 6/10/2008 7:31:31 AM
The third season continues this July.<BR /><BR />And the movie, July 2, 2010, is way too far away, but I bet it will be awesome. I stated watching this with my kids and I was always thinking, man this would make a great movie. So I'm so glad it's being done and he'll do a great job with it.
sociopathos 6/10/2008 7:47:46 AM
I'd love to see an Avatar movie but not so sure I'd like to see Shyamalan directing it. Will withold judgement though until I hear more.
fft5305 6/10/2008 9:05:14 AM
I know absolutely nothing about this show, but I like Shyamalan's stuff and will watch anything he makes. Is he doing this live action?
almostunbiased 6/10/2008 9:57:15 AM
Yes he is.
jdell1964 6/10/2008 12:33:42 PM
My son and I watch this show and it is BY FAR the best (non anime) animated show on <A class=iAs style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal! important; FONT-SIZE: 100%! important; PADDING-BOTTOM: 1px! important; COLOR: darkgreen! important; BORDER-BOTTOM: darkgreen 0.07em solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent! important; TEXT-DECORATION: underline! important" href="#" target=_blank itxtdid="6212080">TV</A>. Just like almostunbiased, I always thought this would transfer well to the big screen (ala forbidden kingdom/crouching tiger, etc.). I am a M. Knight fan (more so signs and unbreakable than lady in the water) and cant wait to see this film!!
xlromega 6/11/2008 6:34:23 PM
I'm a fan of the show and truthfully i think Shyamalan is going to have to make it 3 to 4 parts long to get all the good stuff in from learning to water bend to kicking some fire-lord ass, it ought to be good enough to compete with transformers in CGI. Can't wait for it to come out. (and jdell, sorry to tell you this, but the show is anime, just not japanese)
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